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    The US president has blasted the automaker’s top executive for a decision to close a number of plants in the US and Canada and the company's reluctance to sell the factories to a different owner, forcing thousands of people out of their jobs.

    US President Trump said that he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in person over the company's decision to close a manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

    "Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant", Trump tweeted Sunday. "I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the [United Auto Workers] Union — I don't care, I just want it open!"

    ​This is the third time Trump has taken to Twitter over the weekend to express his frustration with GM's decision to shut several factories in the US and Canada that employ some 15,000 workers.

    "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves", Trump tweeted earlier Sunday. "I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done!"

    He also called on UAW Ohio division president David Green "to get his act together and produce" in the same tweet.

    ​Earlier Saturday, Trump also suggested that the factory would do better under a different owner, but that the decision must be made swiftly.

    "Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST!" Trump tweeted. "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in U.S., others likewise. G.M. MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!"

    ​In an interview earlier last week, Trump said the company "is not going to be treated well" over its "nasty" decision to shutter its factories. He also criticised the company for only focusing on electric cars, calling it a "big mistake" and threatened to remove the automaker's tax credit for electric vehicles. General Motors have two models — Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt — that qualify for a tax credit.

    "They've changed the whole model of General Motors", Trump said. "They're going to all electric. All electric's not going to work. I don't run a car company, but all electric is not going to work".

    Earlier in November, General Motors announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing plants in Lordstown, plants in Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. The company also announced it would close auto parts factories in Michigan and Maryland.

    Trump made it a pillar of his economic policy to bring US companies working offshore back to US soil and create a large number of jobs for US citizens.


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